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SEC Headlines – 1/13/12 Part One

1.  Former Florida running back Jeff Demps is focusing on Olympic track, not NFL football.

2.  Backup Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason has decided whether to transfer or not… but he’s not announced the decision yet.

3.  UGA feels good about its tight end situation even without departing underclassman Orson Charles.

4.  Kentucky’s field goal percentage defense is historically good.

5.  South Carolina — in a class move — has invited ex-quarterback Stephen Garcia to take part in the school’s Pro Day.

6.  This fella’s 2012 pre-preseason Top 25 has five SEC teams in the Top 10 and the Cocks are at #7.

7.  Tennessee fell 62-58 at Mississippi State last night, but the Vols continue to show improvement.

8.  Today, Vandy’s James Franklin made the hires of George Barlow (defensive backs, defensive recruiting coordinator) and Josh Gattis (receivers, offensive recruiting coordinator) official.

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Is Muschamp Spreading Misinformation?

Last week Florida running back Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps talked to the press about running the Wildcat package.  When Will Muschamp was asked about it yesterday, he sounded like a man who’d simply put out some misinformation to toy with his opponents:

“That’s why we’ve closed everything.  I do think it’s an advantage for us this season not to show.  What is Charlie (Weis) doing?  Is he doing what he did at Notre Dame?  Kansas City?  New England?  How is he using this guy?  This guy?  This guy?  This guy?  We put a wild rumor out there about Wildcat.  So defensively, are we doing Dan Quinn or Will Muschamp?  Are we 3-4 or are we 4-3?  I don’t know.  That’s why we’ve closed things.”

Then again, all the cloak and dagger talk could have just been a cover for the fact that his running backs really did spill the beans on his super secret Wildcat plans.

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Demps To Meet With Muschamp Today’s Joe Schad believes Jeff Demps is back from Italy and ready to meet with Florida’s football coach:

“Within the last few minutes I was informed that Demps is expected to meet with Florida coach Will Muschamp — he’s back from Italy — later today and that every indication is that Demps plans to tell Muschamp that he does plan to play football this season.”

Demps was the Gators’ top rusher last season.

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Gillislee And Moody Healthy Again

Heading into last week’s Georgia game, it was believed late in the week that Florida’s running back corps was healthy and ready to go.  When gametime came ’round, however, Mike Gillislee and Emmanuel Moody weren’t on the field.

For that reason, you might want to take the following news with a grain of salt: Urban Meyer says that both Gillislee and Moody will be ready for action Saturday at Vanderbilt.

“Both are 100% for the first time in quite a while.  They had a really good practice (yesterday).”

Jeff Demps will also play — though he still has pain in his sprained left foot — as will running back/receiver Chris Rainey who returned to the team from suspension last week.

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Florida RB Jeff Demps still trying to come back from sprained foot

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Struggling with a foot injury for five weeks, Florida RB Jeff Demps had his first touchdown since the USF game when he scored vs. Georgia on Saturday. (Photo by Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel)

As difficult as the past month has been for the Gators, it’s been just as tough for their star running back.

While Florida was in a three-game losing streak, speedster Jeff Demps could do little but watch. He’s been dealing with a sprained foot since Sept. 18, when one of the Gators’ linemen stepped on it in a game at Tennessee.

Demps has missed only one game (LSU) but has not been as productive as he was before his foot injury.

“At times I have gotten frustrated, but at the same time, I have to stay positive and keep my teammates going,” Demps said of his inability to contribute as much as he did earlier in the season. ”

Demps, who initially wore a boot to protect his foot, said his reps in practice have been limited to about 20-25 each day.

Running straight isn’t a problem, but cutting is. Taping hasn’t helped so he wears only a soft brace and sock. He has alternated heat and ice to help it. Because his foot stiffens at halftime when he is sitting, Demps said he rides a bike to keep warm – something he did in high school when he would frequently cramp up.

While he’s doing what he can to get back to his early season form, Demps said it is still difficult at times.

“It’s like sharp pains going through the top of my foot, and on the outside of it,” he said. “When I try to cut, it’s kind of hard because I have that sharp pain and I can’t really push off it like I want to.

“It’s coming along pretty good, slowly but surely.”

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UF’s Rainey Will Definitely Play Vs Georgia

The t’s have been crossed and the i’s have been dotted.  The p’s and q’s have been minded as well.

Urban Meyer announced yesterday that Chris Rainey — suspended for five games after being arrested for aggravated stalking — will be back in the Florida line-up tomorrow against Georgia.

“Chris is going to play.  He had a good week,” Meyer said.

Rainey split practice time this week between receiver and running back.  Fellow runnings Jeff Demps and Mike Gillislee are back from injury.  Gillislee is 100%.  Demps is “the best he’s been in five weeks.”

Anybody else get the feeling Captain Meyer is about to right his ship tomorrow?

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